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Perth and Kinross Local Area Commanders Bulletin

Alert message sent 09/09/2020 14:45:00

Information sent on behalf of Police Scotland

Wednesday 9th September 2020
Suicide Prevention Day
Thursday September 10th marks this year’s Suicide Prevention Day and Police Scotland have been proud to support it.

Suicide Prevention Day is a reminder that we can all save a life by talking openly and asking someone if they are thinking about suicide if we are worried about them.

We know that most people contemplating suicide do not want to die - they want to end the pain they are in. Talking openly and compassionately about suicide therefore reduces the risk of death.  We are committed to playing our part in reducing the tragic and preventable deaths by suicide in Scotland.

In 2018 there were 784 deaths by suicide in Scotland, 2 a day. Suicide remains a leading cause of early death, and whilst the figures show that the gap between the number of people who die by suicide in rich and poor areas is closing, men continue to be three times as likely as women to take their own lives.

We also know that people from LBGTQ communities, in prisons and involved within the criminal justice system, and those with substance abuse issues are more likely to have suicidal thoughts.

My officers often attend incidents of completed or attempted suicide and as such they have - undergone extensive training to recognise and intervene to prevent such tragedies. They also see the devastating impact that suicide has on friends and family.

Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan aims to reduce suicide by 20% by 2022 and we can all play our part by looking out for signs of despair. And this is equally pertinent in the workplace as 66% of people who died by suicide were in employment.

This is even more important this year with many people working remotely and potentially in isolation; as well as the impact on mental health of the Covid restrictions.

The clearest and direct warning signs are behaviours that indicate the person is thinking about or planning suicide, or is preoccupied or obsessed with death. Suicide warning signs may be spoken, appear in text communications, social media or reported by another colleague.
• Talking (or writing) about wanting to die or hurt or kill oneself.
• Talking (or writing) about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
• Talking (or writing) about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
• Talking (or writing) about being a burden to others.
• Looking for ways to kill oneself, such as searching online for suicide methods or seeking access to firearms, pills or other means of suicide.

Other warning signs are the more indirect changes in behaviour which may indicate someone is experiencing a mental health problem, and which may include suicidal thoughts or plans.
The following signs do not necessarily mean the person is thinking about suicide, but may indicate they are struggling:
Changes in Productivity
1. Deterioration in performance at work
2. Lethargy in a previously energetic person
3. New pattern of unexplained lateness or absences
4. Recent inability to concentrate on work
5. Recent inability to complete work
Changes in Social Functioning
1. Deterioration in social functioning
2. Withdrawal from colleagues, isolation
Changes in Personality or Behaviour
1. Extreme mood swings
2. Acting in an anxious or agitated way
3. Showing rage, uncontrolled anger
4. Behaving recklessly
Increased Alcohol or Drug Use

Changes in Eating and Sleeping Patterns

Signs of (Self-inflicted) Physical Harm

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On the afternoon of Monday 7th September a search warrant was executed at a property on Inchaffrey St, Perth in relation to the property being used as a brothel. This resulted in a 29 year old female being arrested and charged in relation brothel keeping.

About 11.30pm on Friday 4th September a 33 year old male was arrested after being disturbed whilst being within a van on Jeanfield Rd, Perth.

On Wednesday 2nd September a 37 year old male was charged after being found to be driving a white van under the influence of drugs in the Auchterarder area.

Following the theft of tools from the rear of a van in Glenfarg a 27 year old male was charged with theft.

Following a break in and theft at a flat on Fleshers Vennel a 27 year old male was reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

In the early hours of Wednesday 2nd September a property on Bute Dr, Perth had a window smashed and medication stolen from within. (CR/24043/20)
Between 1.30am and 11am a red Fuji mountain bike with white saddle and purple wheels was stolen from a garden of a flat on the High St, Perth. This distinctive bike also has 29 inch wheels which will make it appear extremely large. (CR/23717/20)
About lunchtime on Thursday 3rd September a grey/blue Apollo bike was stolen from the common close of a property in Iona Court, Perth (CR/24072/20)
About 10.30pm on Thursday 3rd September double glazed windows of 2 properties on Springbank Rd, Alyth were smashed. (CR/23668/20)
About 10pm on Saturday 5th September a window of a flat on St Andrew St, Perth was smashed with a metal bar. (CR/23870/20)
Overnight on Saturday 5th September a silver Peugeot motor vehicle had a brick thrown through its window whilst parked on Back Dykes, Abernethy. (CR/23902/20)
Overnight on Saturday 5th September a number of plants were pulled up and fencing damaged at a property on Dunkeld Rd, Perth. (CR/24180/20)
Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident.  Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Graham Binnie.
Chief Inspector                             
Local Area Commander
Perth and Kinross

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Your Community Policing Teams
Locality Inspectors
PI Emma Bowman
Blairgowrie & Glens
Carse of Gowrie

PI Kerry Lynch
Perth City North
Perth City South
Perth City Centre

PI Craig Stephen
Almond & Earn

 Community Sergeants
PERTH                      - Sgt Nick Fillingham & Sgt Stuart Watson
CRIEFF                     - Sgt Willie Ross
AUCHTERARDER    - Sgt David Patton
KINROSS                  - Sgt Michelle Burns
BLAIRGOWRIE        - Sgt Nicky Forrester
PITLOCHRY             - Sgt Caroline MacNaughton
If you wish to make contact with any of these officers please use the following e-mail addresses:
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Shirley Duff (Police Scotland, Public Enquiry & Support Assistant, Highland Perthshire)

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